President Rouhani to leave for New York Monday

President Rouhani to leave for New York Monday
Sun Sep 21, 2014 16:03:23

President Hassan Rouhani will leave Tehran for New York Monday morning to attend the 69th annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly.

Prior to his departure, the President will address the ceremonies marking the beginning of the Sacred Defense Week which coincides with the anniversary of the Iraqi army invasion of Iran in 1980.


Government spokesman Mohammad Baqer Nobakht announced the visit on Wednesday and said there are no plans for a meeting between President Rouhani and his American counterpart Barack Obama.


The fact that the Iranian nuclear negotiating team is currently engaged in talks with G5+1 member states adds to the significance of President Rouhani's visit.


The seventh round of Iran's nuclear talks with the Sextet began on Wednesday in New York with Foreign Minister Zarif and EU foreign policy chief Katherine Ashton working lunch.


The Iranian and US technician delegations too held over three hours of talks on Thursday night to try to decrease the remaining differences between the two countries over Iran's nuclear program.


The Thursday Iran-US talks were the 3rd round of their official consultations within the past two months on remaining disputed issues.


The diplomats in New York evaluate these talks as fruitful in terms of increasing mutual understanding between the two sides.


President Rouhani, in an interview with the NBC, said Iran is seriously determined to resolve the nuclear dispute with the West, reiterating that there is no other way out of the problem, save for negotiations